Things did not get off to a relatively good start for New York Giants seventh-round pick Markus Kuhn. The defensive tackle struggled with work visa issues that prevented him from taking part in rookie mini-camp or full-team mini-camp in early June, which put him behind the eight ball when it was time to report to training camp in Albany. However, with said visa issues cleared up, it hasn't taken Kuhn very long to make quite the impression on head coach Tom Coughlin.
"Flashes. He’s a nice sturdy, young man. He’s starving to learn. Very, very good attitude. The kind of guy that we think can be like a sponge," Coughlin said. "He needs so much information, pretty solid inside. Doesn’t really know a whole lot about pass protection. We have a lot of room to coach him there."
Kuhn has learned rapidly, been very physical in practice and been getting progressively better each day. In fact, on Saturday, Kuhn stole the show with several stellar defensive plays, including a pressure (potential would-be sack) of David Carr that came after beating a double-team. He's also been one of the teams few defenders that's been able to wrap up speedy running back David Wilson.
On Friday, Kuhn will have the chance to showcase his talents during an actual game, as Big Blue takes on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
"I think all of us are excited," Kuhn said on Tuesday. "Practice and everything is fine, but when we have a game coming up, it's always a lot more exciting."
Could Kuhn be another Jerry Reese draft special? Another steal in the late rounds? While it may be a tad early to say definitively yes, he's certainly on the right path and has the right attitude to see at least some level of success on the NFL.
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